Fitting door escutcheons
Draught excluding isn’t confined to the edges of doors and windows, in fact two other places where draughts can be a problem are in the middle of a door – the letter box and the keyhole. Letter boxes have purpose made draught excluders that are simple to fit in place, and keyholes can be draught-proofed by fitting door escutcheons following the very simple procedure shown below. Brass escutcheons are shown here, but you can buy other finishes to match your existing door furniture.
|1. Escutcheons are usually sold in pairs, one with a coverplate for the inside of the door and one without a coverplate to go on the outside.|
|2. Insert the key through the escutcheon into the lock and make sure that the channel in the lock cylinder lines up precisely with the escutcheon.|
|3. When the escutcheon is in position, take out the key, and use a bradawl to mark the fixing holes.|
|4. Using the screws provided, screw the escutcheon in place. Check that the coverplate moves smoothly.|
|5. Fit the plain escutcheon to the outside of the door using the same technique, again, ensuring that the escutcheon lines up with the internal key channel.|